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The pastor of the Christian group that went viral when Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., criticized them for singing worship songs on a aircraft trip again from serving to Ukrainian refugees mentioned the controversy he sparked was unintentional.
Jack Jensz Jr., an Australian-born pastor whose Philadelphia-based Kingdom Realm Ministries joined different church teams earlier this month in providing humanitarian help to Ukrainians, posted a TikTok video of the aircraft incident on April 9. He instructed The Christian Publish that he did not imply “to stir anything up” or get entangled in politics.
Omar tweeted out Jensz’s video every week later throughout Easter weekend, writing, “I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I am on a plane. How do you think it will end?”
ILHAN OMAR MOCKED FOR VOICING OUTRAGE OVER EASTER WORSHIP ON PLANE: ‘WHY DO YOU HATE CHRISTIANS?’
Her remark sparked backlash from many Republicans who attacked her for what they prompt was anti-Christian bigotry.
“It was actually just a post to share with our friends and encourage our friends that have been following our journey,” Jensz mentioned.
“When [Omar] posted that, I just looked at it and I didn’t really give it too much thought. I didn’t really enter into any political debate,” he continued. “For us, we just came to share the love of God, we came just to reveal to people that Jesus loves them so much, and that’s our focus. Our focus wasn’t a political agenda at all.”
Jensz captioned his TikTok movies with, “Worshipping Jesus 30,000 feet in the air!” and “We are taking this flight over for Jesus!”
Jensz defined how the worship group obtained permission from each the air host and the pilot to sing their songs on the business flight out of Poland, and that they’d not have accomplished so with out it.
Jensz additionally described the devastation he and his fellow Christians noticed whereas they had been ministering in Ukraine.
“I’ve never seen anything like this!” he recounted. “Walking down the lines, you have people throwing their children at you saying, ‘Please take them,’ and they’re just filled with great fear. These people have driven days to get to the border. These people are leaving war-torn areas where they’ve even seen their houses bombed. They’ve had to send their sons and fathers back in to fight the war, and so it’s just so devastating.”
Jensz and his group met with criticism from some on social media after Omar singled them out, however he famous that he has seen spiritual shows on different flights he has been on.
“It happens quite often. I think that we just shook the ground a little bit because it was a worship song. So it’s very out there in that sense. But I think that if you ask for permission and it’s granted and what you have to say is encouraging and uplifting and brings hope and light, sure! … We live in a beautiful, free country, and we’re free to express what we believe and what we stand firm on in our heart and if that’s bringing life.”